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First, let me simply say one thing right here. For these of you who DIDN’T truly spend money on the poker workforce this summer season, or ANY summer season for that matter? Simply since you HAVEN’T seen a put up on my weblog, DOESN’T imply that the 175+ buyers within the workforce this summer season (an all-time file btw) have been left “at the hours of darkness” as a result of I have not posted a weblog in over per week…or since ALL TEN gamers made it out of Day One. 

Ya see, I’ve a number of methods of speaking with my buyers. The primary manner, is the Non-public Fb Group Web page, that I arrange for all of the gamers, buyers, and buddies/household of the gamers to comply with together with their progress all all through the lead up and eventual match. The second, is by way of electronic mail. I’ve a spreadsheet of ALL the buyers, and naturally, their electronic mail addresses. I usually will electronic mail the group with updates. Lastly…for many who do not (and simply WON’T) ever use Fb…they textual content or electronic mail me for updates. 

So, these of you who’ve been fast to ship me your “variety” messages suggesting all types of good issues about me as a result of I did not discover the time or motivation to write down a weblog put up on the standing of our gamers? I am not going to apologize to YOU. In the event you had been sufficient to know the way they had been doing…it’s best to have invested. Finish of assertion, on THAT matter anyway. 

It is sort of …mmmm, what is the phrase right here? Disappointing? Irritating? Annoying? After I take into consideration the sport of poker…and the place it has come from and advanced to since I first began taking part in again about 15 years in the past…it is actually fairly astonishing. One factor I can definitively state with nearly full confidence, is that the “douchey issue” in poker has actually sort of hit a Mt Everest-like peak lately. 

I am not likely positive which matter on the High Ten Checklist of DOUCHEBAG qualities is my #1….or actually what order they need to be lined up in. I assume it adjustments, primarily based on the variety of incidents happen. Some, it is simply listening to about…both in printed tales, or simply by the poker grapevine. Others, after all, its by way of private expertise. However like hardcore leftists within the political realm today, they appear to be making increasingly more of an impression and leaving me wanting much less poker

Right here is a superb instance. I’ve what I imagine is….perhaps two or three “haters” who like to go away nameless feedback on this weblog. It may truly be the identical individual. A tragic, depressing asshole who sits despairingly alone in his mother’s basement most likely, in a kind of 70’s model bean bag chairs…rooting for my private failure to by some means increase his personal vanity. Now, it takes a particular sort of sicko to be so dedicated to anonymously drop nasty feedback for such a protracted time frame. And have in mind, I used to weblog a LOT on this website…at the least 4 or 5 occasions a month. Effectively now I am fortunate if you happen to get 5 or 6 posts out of me a YEAR. And also you may THINK….that this could perhaps trigger this gutter-dwelling miscreant to seek for another person with an clearly higher life than himself to bother. However…regardless of my rare appearances right here…he STILL manages to search out time to browbeat me. I am most likely speculated to be flattered, proper? I am positive there’s some shrink on the market who would persuade me of that. However…me being me? I simply secretly want this man, or guys…whoever they could be…would fall sufferer to some freak accident. Like having a meteor punch by the environment…then the roof of mother’s home…the place it permeates two flooring and strikes the loser within the head down there within the basement. Or perhaps he is driving, taking mother’s automobile to the shop late one night time to get her some Metamucil…and whereas taking his eyes off the highway to go away a hateful touch upon somebody’s story about their canine who was rescued from a gap in a frozen lake…he manages to creep into the “no man’s land” space of a railroad crossing…and will get creamed by an oncoming practice. 

Nameless has left a brand new remark in your put up “AND AFTER DAY ONE…10 MONKEYS ADVANCE!!!!!”:

“Wow what a fair-weather author. All of your hype and BS about your nice ‘squad’ which actual gamers know is your annual rip-off, and you do not have the decency to report on their (at the least for these within the know) demise. Do your self a favor and shut it down rip-off boy.”

So right here is Mr Asshole’s newest remark…and sure, I do know, identical to the mass killer on TV who likes to see his title and film bandied about, in order that he can additional bask within the glory of his 15 minutes of fame…I understand that I should not give him the satisfaction of calling consideration to his silly remark, that he is not even man sufficient to signal his title to. Cowards are my favourite of all douchebags…THAT I AM assured sufficient to declare. 

So…lets analyze this pleasant human being’s (albeit barely) remark, lets? Truthful-weather author. I think about that infers that I choose to write down when I’ve one thing optimistic to write down about. Of that, I’m responsible. Go determine! All of the “hype and BS about my nice squad?” Hype? Sure. BS? I object! I used to be very enthusiastic about our workforce of 10 gamers…a number of of whom had cashed for my workforce up to now. I do not know what BS our good friend is speaking about. However right here is the place it will get good. “Which actual gamers know is your annual rip-off!” First off…what’s the distinction between a “actual” participant and a “fake” participant? And the categorization of what I do being an “annual rip-off?” This similar fool has been chastising me for years, suggesting that I used to be ripping off my previous backer…for no different motive than I had a staking deal that was higher than most. See…it is humorous, in a not-so-funny manner, how poker gamers are a few of the most violently jealous folks you’ll ever encounter. God forbid…you handle to have a community of individuals you have spent a long time growing, one that’s more than pleased to take part in nearly ANYTHING you occur to place collectively. And but!!!?? For that individual WITHOUT a community like yours? If they’re able to efficiently do one thing they’ll solely DREAM about doing? They need to actually be doing one thing unlawful, or unethical at BEST…as a result of no manner may it ever be attainable to only merely be BETTER at fundraising then your sorry ass! 

See…folks like this? With this sort of mentality? And acerbic tone and angle? They’re what have made taking part in this recreation much less and fewer pleasurable. When I’ve to learn this sort of crap? Yeah, I do know its within the minority of how folks assume. Nonetheless…it rankles me to know there’s even ONE individual on the market who thinks this fashion. This “annual rip-off” that I began six years in the past? Collectively, I’ve LOST about…maintain on, let me get out my calculator right here…$12,000 or extra doing this annual rip-off. See…I do not take a nickel for my efforts. Not one. If I promote 50 shares for $200…that sends a participant. I bought 500 shares this summer season. That despatched 10 gamers. And the gamers first t-shirts and hat? I pay for THOSE as nicely. The primary 12 months…I personally bought 10 shares for $2000. That had been the primary 12 months the place nobody made the cash of the 4 we despatched. Yearly since then…I’ve bought 15 shares for $3000. This 12 months…regardless of having all ten make it out of day one…and had four entering into day three…was the second time we did not make the cash. The 4 years in between, we managed to win sufficient to get about half of our investments again.  So yeah…given all of the t-shirts, hats and hoodies that I supplied to the gamers at my very own expense, and the investments I made myself…I’m caught over $12,000. However I am a scammer. Proper. Acquired it. 

“You do not have the decency to report on their demise.” Proper, proper. As a result of everybody likes to listen to about failure, huh? Perhaps simply YOU…Mr. Nameless…as a result of once more, something in MY poker world that equals failure, is a win for YOU…proper? Unhappy…however oh so true. So its actually not that your upset that I am not informing anybody else, actually…you simply want your dose of Monkey Failure to offer you a motive to get off the bed on a regular basis…is not that extra prefer it? As a result of like I mentioned originally of this put up…the individuals who truly participated within the workforce this summer season? All of them know/knew the result. And albeit? I do not OWE it to anybody to put up updates by myself private weblog. Nobody pays me to weblog. Moreover? I’ve this factor referred to as “a life” (it’s best to look into discovering one) that shockingly to some, retains me extremely busy. And typically..it simply takes me rather a lot longer to get to a few of the issues on my “to do checklist” than I would love. That (once more) is known as “life” one thing I am pretty sure you do not possess. 

“Do your self a favor and shut it down, rip-off boy.” Let you know what…YOU shut your self down first…and perhaps I’ll take you up in your want. However I would like images as proof. Like perhaps the enterprise finish of a wooden chipper. That will be candy. See, this is the factor…I almost DID shut it down final summer season. Primarily as a result of I used to be exhausted, from having simply purchased my spouse and child a ravishing new dwelling within the nation on 5 acres…with a pond within the again, and limitless timber so far as the attention can see. I had initiatives happening left and proper, and contractors working each which manner. I hadn’t performed a lot poker, nor adopted a lot poker, and my thoughts was anyplace else apart from poker. However because the WSOP saved getting nearer and nearer…I began getting increasingly more folks emailing me, texting me, hitting me up on Fb…concerning the workforce. About not simply having an opportunity to play on the workforce…however to take a position. 

Individuals have come to actually stay up for this workforce I began in 2014. It has actually sort of taken on a “Make a Want Basis for Poker Gamers,” in addition to poker buyers. Individuals who like to have some pores and skin within the recreation…however in any other case would not have an opportunity to…are capable of soar on my self-created bandwagon, and comply with the motion because the workforce comes collectively all all through Might, June and the primary week of July when gross sales are essentially the most brisk as we race to fill out the roster. Then they sit again…and watch the numerous updates on the Fb web page…leaving one encouraging remark after one other. It is a military that’s about 250-300 sturdy…and all through that have, friendships are born. The gamers…who’re almost all the time extremely appreciative of the expertise, and normally actually good about conveying that to the buyers, usually occasions line themselves up for future staking alternatives because of having performed on my workforce, and growing relationships with a few of the buyers. So from that standpoint, I’ve helped to launch the careers of some gamers who did not beforehand have a community to attract from. There are a handful of gamers who got here to me on the lookout for that “massive break” that I could not be prouder of. One in every of them is Joshua Reichard…who was one of many first members of the workforce. He has since gone on to win what I believe now could be 10 or 11 circuit rings, in addition to a bunch of different tournaments. Jason Younger, a former WSOP bracelet winner who had basically hit all-time low? I gave him a shot final summer season…he fell quick, however the publicity led to him getting staked in some tournaments in South Florida this previous winter…and he managed to make three enormous scores, together with profitable the Primary Occasion at Laborious Rock for 1 / 4 million bucks. In the middle of about 6 weeks…he snapped off about $400ok in winnings. And now, his life has completed a complete 180. 

So to these (like this jerk) who assume that is by some means a money-making scheme of mine? Pffft….assume once more! If they do not make cash…I do not make cash. Add to that the opposite gamers I purchased items of this summer season…and it was a ROUGH summer season for me. However there have been a number of highlights that made my one week in Vegas semi-enjoyable. I’d write a weblog after this one…the place I get a bit of extra into my journey on the market, in addition to a comply with as much as my superb week in Scotland, and London, with some photos. It has been a reasonably cool summer season, for essentially the most half.  And developing…in September, I am heading as much as Milwaukee to stick with my mother and sister whereas I go to a watch specialist who my mother referred me to, and who I met with a pair months in the past after we visited them. I suffered a indifferent retina final November…and one of many facet impacts, that I used to be quoted a 15% probability of getting (so in my case that normally means 98.5%) was a cataract, which, after all…I received! So my left eye has been completely screwy now for near a 12 months. Effectively…he’s going to repair that (hopefully-knock on wooden) on Sept 11th (I do know, sort of a creepy date, however he solely operates on Wednesdays!) after which after a pair days of R&R…I will play the WSOP Circuit occasion at Potawatomi casino for the primary time. They have an inclination to get fairly good turnouts there…so I am considerably wanting ahead to it. Plus I am positive I’ll most likely find yourself placing my mother and sister in some occasions as nicely. So will probably be a household affair on the felt! I am considerably disenchanted in that the Gulf Coast Poker championship on the Beau Rivage is happening that very same time interval. I can play the primary massive tourney that weekend, however that is it, as I will likely be flying as much as Milwaukee that Tuesday. In order that’s a bummer.  And apart from that occasion…who is aware of? 

I have not been right down to St Thomas to verify in on my bar all 12 months…so I wish to get down there to at the least “verify in” on the place. Additionally…we’re apparently about to open a restaurant down there too. So it could be good, if I will be concerned in THAT…to at the least go down and perform some research. At all times good to know the place your cash goes BEFORE it goes there. I’ve plenty of earlier expertise within the fine-dining trade…and have all the time sort of needed to have my very own place that handles high-end eating visitors. It has been about 20-25 years…however whereas in Atlanta primarily, and a bit of bit in New York, I labored at some very nice locations. To have a very nice place like that within the Virgin Islands could be superb…however even moreso if I used to be capable of be there and really operate as a hands-on proprietor. However alas, I am the silent companion in all these ventures I am concerned with. 

Lots of people already know this, however for many who do not: I purchased a tanning salon for the Squirrel, aka “my spouse.” I would been making an attempt to speak her into getting out of the Beau Rivage for concerning the previous 5 years. She is somebody who all the time must be doing SOMETHING….and I respect that about her. She’s not one to take a seat round at dwelling and accumulate mud. Effectively, she additionally appreciated working on the Beau as a result of it is the place all her buddies are. I get that, too. So I proposed a bunch of various choices. Hair salon!?? Nail salon? Clothes boutique? No! No! And No some extra!!! Effectively, what then??? Seems…this chance simply sort of fell in her lap. A very nice girl, who sarcastically sufficient, had a teenage son who I had employed to do some yard work for me final 12 months…was feeling like she wanted to spend extra time along with her children, and was able to promote her salon that she’s had for lots of years. The value appeared honest, and he or she promised to assist out with something we would have liked. So Cheryl educated along with her all June…studying all concerning the enterprise, and the place, particularly. So earlier than I left for Scotland…I went and received the cashiers verify for her. And on the primary of July…Squirrel grew to become the proprietor of her personal enterprise…the Good Glow in D’Iberville. It has been plenty of enjoyable watching her tackle that accountability. On prime of that…Carley has actually gotten into being part of it. Squirrel lets her clear the beds…at 25 cents per mattress. Granted…her little arms aren’t lengthy sufficient to succeed in the entire mattress…so Cheryl has to go in behind her, sneakily (in order to not damage Carley’s emotions) and clear the mattress after she has! However Carley actually feels concerned, and is (as she places it) the “richest 6 12 months previous on this planet!!” She begins again to highschool right here in a pair weeks…so we must reduce her hours considerably! 

So yeah…Squirrel is FINALLY out of the casino enterprise….after 20 years on the Beau. I am so completely happy that she is out of there….it was killing her. And with all the probabilities, managerially, that MGM has been going by up to now Three or four years…it had develop into a not-so-great firm to work for. Now she is on her personal…and her personal boss. Once more…I am the “silent companion!” And I am completely high-quality with that! So long as she is completely happy, and I believe she is. 

Lastly received my taxes completed! FOUR years in arrears. However now I am coping with the nightmare of the IRS and their bureaucratic idiocy. My accountant did all 4 years…and e-filed all of them. I owed for 2 years, and had a refund for 2 years. I ship fee for the 2 years instantly. Then I get a verify again…within the quantity I despatched. Huh? Seems…the IRS is a very screwed up operation. They’ve like three posts. One which GETS funds. One which actively pursues funds. And one who tries to steadiness what’s been paid and what’s been collected. And they don’t seem to be in sync! In any respect! And good luck if you happen to attempt to truly CALL them! Ha! It is two hours…minimal…earlier than you get anybody on the telephone. I assume the ethical of the story, in my case…do NOT get your self backed up in your taxes! Particularly 4 years! 

The Primary Occasion is over. I sat in mattress…a lot to the chagrin of Squirrel…watching it on my iPhone the opposite night time. Sure, I used to be sporting my BOSE headphones…I am not THAT impolite! However any sort of mild annoys her and retains her from sleeping soundly. It was a reasonably lengthy battle heads up…and I can truthfully say I assumed they each performed fairly nicely. There actually weren’t plenty of good arms being dealt. The most important, I suppose, was the ultimate hand…when Ensan picked up KK and Sammartino was unfortunate sufficient to flop a flush draw after which flip a straight draw. That spelled his demise. 

It was one other Remaining Desk that lacked any star energy…or poker notables. There have been undoubtedly some good gamers there. But additionally some newbies that simply occur to run good for per week. Probably the most notable one being that punk who determined it will make him notorious if he tanked on almost EVERY hand. Kevin Maahs…who apparently sufficient was photographed by one among my 10 gamers yesterday on the Rio…taking part in in a $100 each day match. Go determine…after profitable 2.2m…he is taking part in in a $100 tourney? Both he REALLY loves poker THAT a lot….or he was taking part in the Primary for about 2% of himself. Which…today in poker…could be very doubtless. At any price…I hope we by no means should see that fool once more.  I actually thought…after the primary night time of the ultimate desk, that we might see Garry Gates win. He gave the impression to be the perfect tourney participant, had a stable background, and essentially the most momentum. However he appeared to run into dangerous luck and a scarcity of first rate playing cards after they received down to six.

The factor that stood out essentially the most to me concerning the heads up motion…was the rail. Say no matter you need about supporting your participant. I simply occur to assume it is inappropriate to deliver soccer-like antics to the poker match. The gamers are actually taking part in for hundreds of thousands of {dollars}, and with it already being a recreation of immense focus…the choices are magnified beneath these situations. And to have a gaggle of principally males yelling and screaming and singing silly songs the entire time? It is simply moronic. If I used to be a participant…and at that ultimate desk…I might stroll over and BEG my railbirds to please fake that they’re a tennis match, say, Wimbledon. The place decorum is not only anticipated, however demanded. I do know you possibly can’t do something concerning the different man’s rail…except you and him each conform to go discuss to our “birds” on the similar time. I might 100% try this. Whilst a spectator at dwelling…it made it very onerous to look at, with these idiots appearing like a bunch of clowns. 

I’ve one other opinion about railbirds, and its one of many causes I’ve all the time sort of hated having folks sweat me every time I have been at an enormous ultimate desk. A part of me looks like they’re there as a result of they by some means assume their “help” for it’s best to translate right into a handout in the event that they occur to win. Its simply a clumsy feeling. I do know that I shrink back from sweating folks for that motive alone. I do not need them pondering I could be pondering that manner. Not simply that…however truly WATCHING poker…has received to be one of the boring issues within the historical past of mankind. Particularly as an individual who PLAYS the sport. I can see the place, if you happen to did not actually play a lot…it could be entertaining. However for me? Ugh. Kill me. So…I am going to simply swoop by…want you good luck…and be on my merry manner!!!!

However yeah…the WSOP actually must do one thing concerning the hooligans that disrupt the play on the Remaining Desk. It is out of line. 

Is that sufficient of a report? Hater? Did you get sufficient to fill you in? 10 gamers. All made it out of Day 1. 6 went down in Day 2. We took four to Day 3…plus I had 10% of Barth. He was clicking alongside relatively properly with about 175ok, among the many leaders…and had “The Nightmare” occur to him. Him on the button with KK…the super-aggro Euro within the BB with AA. Everyone knows how these go down. And with a rag flop…even when it hadn’t gone in preflop….which it did….it will have gone in put up flop anyway. Brutal cooler. So yeah…he went down….as did the opposite 4. Jason Bond lasted the longest…and by advantage of that end, will obtain the automated invite again subsequent summer season….that’s, if my scammer ass decides to do the workforce once more.  🙂